We are all pressed for time. Especially now with great summer days approaching. We want to get outdoors and not spend any more time than necessary in the kitchen, never mind behind a hot stove. That is why some smart people invented mixers, blenders or generations of Vitamix’s and Ninja’s. And guess what, margaritas are not the only cold thing you can create with them. They also can turn vegetables into a cold raw celery soup. It’s a quick way to have a healthy and nutritious meal.
Let’s see what vegetables I turned into low carb raw celery soup. This recipe meant for two would find the approval of a raw foodist and even a squirrel.
- 5 stalks celery
- 10 baby tomatoes
- ½ avocado
- Juice of ½ organic lemon
- Some lemon zest from the organic lemon
- 2 cups of spring water
- Nutritional yeast
- Dulse powder
Garnish optional (but highly recommended)
- Broccoli sprouts
- Celery top
- Gluten-free rice cracker
Additional optional protein
- ½ cup cooked quinoa (for vegans and vegetarians)
- Hand peeled cooked West Coast shrimps or cooked wild salmon
How to put the raw celery soup together
Simply assemble all base ingredients in a blender or food processor of your choice (I use the Ninja) and blend. Flavor with the seasoning of your liking and blend again. Pour soup into Mason jar if you want to take it to work or in a bowl if you’re eating it right away. Add additional protein if you like and flop some broccoli sprouts on top. Extra eye candy is a celery top. If you need an additional crunch, nosh on some rice crackers.
This recipe in its variations is gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, raw, low carb, and paleo style.
Benefits of raw vegetables
Some raw, uncooked food in your diet is important for your health. Especially in the summer raw fruits and veggies can cool the body down. However, if your digestive system is not strong, raw vegetables of the brassica family (e.g. cabbage, cauliflower, kale, Brussels sprouts) can cause some undesirable farting turbulence.
- Raw food contains enzymes, which help start the process of digestion.
- Cooking destroys the enzymes. They are deactivated at a wet-heat of 118 degrees Fahrenheit or ad dry-heat of about 150 degree Fahrenheit.
- Raw food stimulates the pancreas and increase insulin production.
- Some vitamins (vitamin C, B vitamins, folate) are heat-sensitive. Better get some raw in.
Note: However, some nutrients are more available through cooking. Fruitarians (people that basically eat only raw fruits and vegetables) have died from the destruction of the heart muscle and suffered other aliments caused by eating only raw foods.
Benefits of pureeing food
Lazy chewer? Tell me about it. But chewing food is the first and an important step in proper digestion. Chewing breaks down food, which provides for a greater surface your digestive juices can work on. So would you rather chew 235 times until you have turned celery into puree or let your blender do the work?
Now you just have to swish the soup a couple times around in your mouth, so it will mix with salvia. Salvia contains enzymes and these enzymes start right in your mouth to break down and actually absorb your food through the mucosa of your mouth. Salvia also lubricates and protects from bacteria. Swishing soup in your mouth also informs your stomach that food is on its way down. It’s always good to be prepared, don’t you think?
Health benefits of celery
- 95% of the celery is water (anyone in need of hydration?)
- Low calorie
- Very low glycemic index
- Protects your digestive tract against inflammation
- Vitamin K rich, good source of folate and vitamin C
- Good source of insoluble fiber, which promotes being regular
- and more
Health benefits of avocado
- Has a high enzyme content in comparison to other fruit and vegetables
- Contains a spectacular array of carotenoids
- Has anti-inflammatory benefits
- Provides a unusual and great fat composition
- Great source of fiber
- Very low glycemic index
- Great source of vitamin K, folate, potassium, vitamin E and C
- and more
Health benefits of broccoli sprouts
- Your protection against cancer
- and many more
What vegetables do you turn into a raw soup. Leave your family secret recipes in the comment section below.Raw celery soup with avocado - give yourself and teeth a break by Tanja Knapp